I know there are a lot of posts on the subject, I haven't been able to decide which one to go with for my planned finished basement. I am requesting advice. The upgrade won't come right away, but I need to update the electrical and my decision rests on which one I will get.
I currently have a 2000 sq ft, 2 story solid masonry home, and am in the middle of a basement renovation that will add about 900 sq ft to the house. My wiring is original and I have a 100 Amp service box that is Federal Pacific and needs to be changed. I only have 1 full bath currently but will be adding another, plus a half bath (2 full/2 half when done with renovations). I am in St. Louis, MO, with water temp coming in at 55 degrees.
I know until recently no one would have recommended electric tankless for whole house applications, but there is one- Steibel Eltron Tempra 36, that seems suitable for my use http://www.amazon.com/Stiebel-Eltron...5181012&sr=1-1
. The major downside is having to upgrade to a 400 A service, which would normally kill a deal but I need to upgrade service anyway. The question is to upgrade to a 200 A service and get a gas tankless (probably a Bosch http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-ProTankl...=2IBPX10ARXSTK
) or the 400 A service and get the electric.
Pros for electric-
I can install it myself- relatively easily (save install costs ($1000?))
Smaller/compact, does not need to be vented, can be placed anywhere
cheaper to buy (almost $1000)
Does not need to be serviced as often (lose risking warranty)
Pros for gas-
more efficient, may get money back long term
tax rebate.. maybe (may reach limit with A/C purchase)
save on electrical upgrade (almost $1000- won't need 400 A service)
Been around longer, may be easier to get serviced
Any advice? THX